Colorado Will Seek Death Penalty for Holmes
Plus: Will Fox journalist have to testify?
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 1, 2013 10:12 AM CDT
Updated Apr 1, 2013 12:06 PM CDT
This March 12, 2013 file photo shows James Holmes, Aurora theater shooting suspect, in the courtroom during his arraignment in Centennial, Colo.   (AP Photo/Denver Post, RJ Sangosti, Pool)

(Newser) – Prosecutors in the Aurora shooting case are seeking the death penalty for James Holmes, they announced in court today. Arapahoe County DA George Brauchler addressed the hearing, saying, "It's my determination and my intention that in this case for James Eagan Holmes justice is death." Holmes gave no reaction, notes the AP. "I had a huge adrenaline rush," said the best friend of one victim. "I love the choice, I love it, I love it ... I hope I'm in the room when he dies."

The decision isn't entirely a surprise; Brauchler has a death penalty lawyer on his team, and he had already essentially nixed a defense offer of a guilty plea in exchange for dropping the possibility of execution. Also today, officials will announce whether Fox News reporter Jana Winter will be required to testify about her sources following a story that broke the case's gag order.

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Apr 8, 2013 8:10 AM CDT
Here's the choice: you either want a free and unfettered news media... or you don't. Which is it? Beware of your first impulse here; neither snark nor cynicism, nor any knee-jerk "nuance," is an adequate response. Witty commentary, even justifiable points about slanted ideologies, examples of journalistic incompetence, or "I-don't-even-follow-the-news-anymore"-egoism will do nothing more than demonstrate cowardice-- to, in fact, evade an existentially definitive answer. Free --in all its messy chaos-- or not-free: there is no middle ground. The Founders knew that, and wrote the First Amendment as they did-- precisely BECAUSE they knew it. And before you reply, if only to yourself, know that you are also deciding "free or not-free" on the society in which you live. The two choices are, in full reality, one. Ready to reply? If so, don't just tell me here, or on Facebook, or on any other easily ignored online venue. Tell it to the people who are about to put the same choice --if, in the event, differently worded-- to Jana Winter, a reporter for And say it loudly. If you miss this chance, you may not get another. —Earl MerkelPOSTSCRIPT: Yes. She works for Fox News. If that colors your decision, you've already made your choice. — EM
Apr 1, 2013 9:40 PM CDT
I vote for not only a speedy trial, but speedy justice as well.
Apr 1, 2013 4:49 PM CDT
That psycho has ended many lives and has proven unfit to be included in society. Remove him from it...recycle him as fertilizer and worm dirt, or hard labor until he drops dead. No cushy cell with AC and running water